Wendy Roberts started painting under the guidance of her father from the moment she was old enough to hold a paintbrush. As the daughter of quadriplegic artist Wendell Johnson, she watched her father work on a daily basis, learning not only the root skills of oil painting, but experiencing his perseverance through adversity. Applying these skills, and growing under the mentorship of many talented art teachers and professors, she earned a BA in Fine Arts. Shortly after college, she married Jeremy Roberts and began her married life by moving eight times in ten years through six states including Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Texas before finally settling in Hawaii on the island of Oahu in 2010. She and her husband are completely enamored with Hawaii, and are currently raising their two daughters near the beautiful Koolau mountains. Among the beauty of the lush forests, sheer mountains, and gorgeous beaches of the windward side, Wendy has found a deep sense of peace and a lasting awe. The unique scenery of the Hawaiian Islands inspires her creativity, and her connection to the land, the ocean, and their inhabitants motivates her to capture and share the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.

From a young age, Wendy was always surrounded in books about Art History, further nurtured by the various classes on art history and technique in college. Though she loves the Old Italian masters with their exquisite gold leafing and smooth paint, it is the Impressionists, the PreRaphaelites, the Skagensmalerne, and other painters from around 1850 to the early 1900s that most capture her admiration. Some of her favorite painters include John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, John William Waterhouse, Claude Monet, Frederick Waugh, and Peder Severin Krøyer, all of whom possess impeccable color sense and a painterly approach to realism. In her own work, Wendy strives to strike the delicate balance between realism and painterly strokes so that from afar, the painting looks realistic, but when viewed closely, the strokes of paint are visible and energetic.

You can learn more about the art and the artist at www.wendyrobertsfineart.com

  • Joined: November 2014
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